Your Bedroom is Your Sanctuary – Organize It Like One

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If you think about it, our bedroom is the space where we’ll spend most of our lives. Granted, we spend it sleeping, but the quality of sleep we get has a profound impact on the rest of our day, from productivity to the way we cope with the rush of our busy lives.

Today, we’ll look at ways we can improve the space and turn it what it needs to be – a serene oasis.


Creation of a relaxing bedroom ambiance begins by tidying up any clutter that you might have laying around. Clutter is known to increase stress levels, and over time cause anxiety and this is something that you definitely do not want. It’s also a good idea to open up the windows and air out the room, get rid of dust and put on fresh bedding.

Keeping the room tidy will bring on a sense of peace and calm.

Focal pieces

Invest into a few decorative bits that will bring your room decor together like soft throw rugs, plants and succulents, soft blankets and throw pillows.

If your room is painted dark, choose lighter accent pieces that will lift up the space. Bringing in new colors and details into your surroundings naturally increases the levels of serotonin your brain produces making you happier and in turn also more relaxed.

Light and scents

If you’re sensitive to bright lights, pull the curtains and block any light coming into the room. You can also invest into light dimmers that will let you control just how much or little light you would like to have in your room. Lights that come from around us, either right below or in our field of vision are usually less strenuous to the eyes than the ones places directly above us.

For that relaxing aromatherapy spa effect, light a few candles and incense sticks.

Scents like lavender, chamomile, mint, jasmine, valerian and vanilla are well known for relaxing the nervous and their calming effects.


Some people prefer complete silence when they want to relax while others might prefer music.

If you’re someone that likes to relax to sound it’s a good idea to plan ahead and compile a relaxing playlist. And if you’re out of ideas or just can’t be bothered there are plenty of ready-made playlists made just for relaxing.

Turn off the TV and phone and eliminate any electrical disturbances.

Your mind needs to relax and rest from all the information it’s been taking in through the day. Things like reality TV, news and social media increase the stress levels so it’s best to put them aside and focus on things that keep you feeling comfortable.

Relaxation “tools”

Use relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation and deep breathing.

Focusing on the breath for a longer period of time triggers a natural reaction in the brain that relaxes the entire nervous system. By bringing in more oxygen into the body, the muscles begin to relax and create a calm, relaxing sensation.

Practicing these techniques will benefit you in the long run as the brain learns to stay relaxed and “in the moment”.

Choosing the right mattress

A mattress is the last thing we should skimp on. It’s not a piece of furniture; it’s an investment in our wellbeing. Let’s look at some of the options we can choose from.

Innerspring Mattresses

This type of mattress is still by far the most widely used.

Its support comes from enclosed spring coils. Keeping the springs confined adds to the longevity of the mattress itself and keeps the coils from popping up over time and making sleep difficult and uncomfortable.

Innerspring mattresses come in a wide array of materials made for comfort like memory foam, latex, pillowtop, etc. Spring based mattresses are the most popular choice because of the balance between comfort and support they offer.

Mattress toppers and pads

As the mattress “decays” and you start feeling the coils underneath, adding a good mattress topper or pad will do the trick for most people. If you’re looking for support, go with a Talalay or Dunlop latex topper but if you’re looking for something softer, down feather of synthetic fibre toppers and pads are the best choice.

Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory foam mattresses have been growing in popularity lately and rightfully so.

Made from different types of foam with different densities, they respond to the temperature and the weight of the body. Their comfort comes from the ability to contour and mold to your body shape.

They also reduce pressure points, relieving back ache and muscle fatigue. The foam absorbs movement, so if you’re someone that’s prone to tossing and turning at night, rest assured that your partner won’t be disturbed.

Latex Mattresses

Made from either natural or synthetic rubber, these mattresses are known for providing a very firm, bouncy support. The support is the same throughout the whole mattress.

These mattresses are very firm and push back at the body instead of molding to it like the memory foam types and do not absorb heat. Good if you’re heat sensitive and prefer a more cooling effect.

Air Mattresses

Air mattresses come in all kinds of shapes and sizes but the ones that will offer you the best sleep support are made just like a standard innerspring mattress, but instead of enclosed coils the best of air mattresses feature air chambers and the high-end models come with either a pillow of memory foam top.

Airbeds are also known for being used with people on bed rest and patients with back injuries. They can be a temporary option for welcoming guests, sure, but the best of the inflatable beds, or air mattresses, whatever you want to call them, can be as comfortable are any other type.

Final thoughts

Nine thousand, one hundred and twenty five days – that’s how much an average person spends sleeping in a lifetime.

Take a moment to let that sink in.

Any further argument about the importance of proper sleep would be redundant.

Sweet dreams!

A Quick Guide to Kitchen Splash-backs

One of the most important spaces in your house is the kitchen, and I run across a lot of people who are looking to remodel. People remodel for various reasons, like making more space, and personalizing it to fit their specific tastes. Once you have the perfect cabinets and countertops, you must turn to the splash-back, also known as the back-splash, as the final accent piece to your design. 

There are many different types of splash-backs to choose from, including different shapes and materials. One type of splash-back that is fairly popular right now is a design composed of many, tiny squares with a gradient of complimentary colors. for example a piece may have squares of blue leading to a lighter blue with accents of green and grey. The colors choices vary greatly and you will certainly be able to pick something that goes well with the rest of the décor. They also have different styles similar to this, with longer rectangular pieces arranged in various patterns from diagonal to horizontal. Some of these can even be designed by you or your designer, depending on how specific you are on the design of you splash-back.

Another popular trend is to use the same marble or material that you used on your countertops on you splash-back. This creates a fluid look from the countertops to the wall, providing a crisp, clean look. Another plus for this type of splash-back is that it makes it very easy to clean up after a meal, since there are no grooves for the dirt to hide in.

Though marble does have its positives, I still recommend a separate splash-back made of a different material. It adds a pop of color and personality that will brighten up the room. It makes it more personal, and everyday that you look at it you will not be disappointed.

The question you probably have now is, which one to choose? Well recently a new trend has people using acrylic instead of glass to make their splash-backs. There are a variety of positives for choosing to use acrylic over glass. Acrylic looks very similar to glass and gives the same shiny look that you get from glass. Not only that, doing your backsplash in acrylic can save you a lot of money since acrylic is cheaper and easier to make. As a material, it is also very strong so I can stand up to the everyday strain that is put on it. It stands up to scuffs, cuts, and dirt and grime. All it takes is a rag and some soapy water and you can wipe your acrylic splash-back completely clean. The fact that it is so easy to clean is probably why this is my top choice. Personally, I don’t like to spend more than 5 minutes cleaning up after a meal, which is why decided to go with acrylic instead of glass, and I haven’t been disappointed yet.

So no matter which splash-back you choose, the most important thing is to pick one that will fit your specific needs. Choose a color that goes well with your cabinetry, counters, and appliances, and that will accent your kitchen in a way that makes it feel like home. Don’t go too crazy on the design since this space is meant for you and your family to be able to relax and bond, and make sure you choose a material that works well for your lifestyle. In the end you will have a beautiful kitchen and a splash-back that you will enjoy for years to come.

Moving Home the Stress-Free Way


Young Couple Moving In To New Home Together

Moving house can be a very stressful experience – one of the most stressful of all, it is said – and it pays to be able to find a team to take the stress away from you. If you live in or around the Simi Valley or LA, you need to talk to Attention to Detail Moving, the best moving company in the region, as they offer a range of services that are second to none. You will find they can help with any move, no matter how complex or simple, and that they apply the same level of professionalism every time. Why do we recommend Attention to Detail above all others?

The company was formed with the intention of providing top quality removals services in and around LA, by a group of friends who were dissatisfied with the service they had been provided elsewhere. The provide precision, streamlined services based on techniques learned during military training, and have many satisfied customers so far, with hundreds of moves having been successfully accomplished. You can rely on them to provide the service you need at the best prices, as they provide competitive rates with excellent quality.

Simi Valley Moving Services

As the premier Simi Valley moving company, Attention to Detail are able to handle any request you may have, including both local and long-distance moves. They have a reputation for excellent service, and will do all they can to ensure that your move is as stress-free as possible. They will happily talk to you about moving large or unusual items – they are experts in piano removals, for example – and can help with storage, too. You will find the team to be helpful, friendly and professional throughout, and we have no doubt you will be satisfied with the entire operation.

By utilising military training, Attention to Detail have been able to improve the quality of their moving service beyond all expectations, and have raised the bar for quality in this area. They also offer expert, safe and secure storage solutions in the region, so if you need to store any items, for any duration, you will find their rates to be impressive.

Expert Packing Solutions

Packing is an essential part of any house move, and Attention to Detail can help with a home packing service that is the best in the business. They will advise you also on the best method of packing intricate items, and can show you how best to make sure all your items are safe for the journey ahead. With many satisfied clients so far, Attention to Detail is the name to remember for the very best service in the business, and at the most competitive rates.

By using Attention to Detail, you are engaging the services of professionals dedicated to taking the strain out of moving home, so you can be sure of a successful move. Check out the website now, and fill in the online form for a free quote.

Modern Bathroom and Kitchen Fittings



A beautiful bathroom and well-designed kitchen make life easier, and also add value to your home. With a vast choice of modern, stylish fixtures and fittings available it is essential that you get it right, and taking advice from professionals is always a sensible idea. Whether you are looking for a full kitchen or bathroom, or simply want to upgrade fittings such as faucets, basins or toilets, you will be impressed with the range on offer from Plumbtile, a leading provider of fixtures, fittings, tiles and accessories with a truly comprehensive choice of top quality, name brand items.

Choosing the best quality is always advisable, as not only do you get a longer life, but quality really does shine through. All of the items available from Plumbtile, everything from bath tubs and showers, kitchen sinks and a wide variety of accessories, are guaranteed top quality, and also you’ll find them to be sensibly priced. Take the range of superb Drop-in Sinks, for example: beautifully designed and very stylish, they are perfect for any kitchen installation, and look fantastic with other superb fixtures and fittings.

Advice from Experts

The Plumbtile website also offers a great selection of advice and help on how to install tiles, and what makes the best choice for your individual requirements. You can chat to an expert live on the website if you wish, or use the contact details to get in touch, and one of the team will come back to you as quickly as they can. They’ll be happy to talk to you and answer any questions you might have, so you can understand everything you need to before making your purchase.

If you are looking for tiles, then Plumbtile is the ideal place to be. They have a wide selection of different types of tile, including glass and stone options, and supply quality items at sensible prices. We like the superb marble tile range from the highly-regarded Cosa Marble Co., who have been manufacturing and supplying beautiful tiles of many designs, and will certainly have something you like.

Beautiful Bathroom Fixtures

The bathroom is one of the most-used rooms in the home, and while essentially practical, there is no reason why you cannot have a beautiful bathroom. Tiling is especially effective, and Plumbtile has a fabulous choice of bathroom tile options, plus you can choose from a full selection of bathroom furniture, all from quality manufacturers. Whether you are looking to replace your current bathroom suite, or are fitting a new one in the home, you will find everything required at Plumbtile, the experts in quality service and products.

Have a look at the Plumbtile website now for more details of their extensive range of kitchen and bathroom fixtures, fittings and accessories, and you will find that they have the best items at the most sensible prices. We recommend you talk to the friendly experts using the live chat option, as they will be able to help you with everything you could possibly need.

How to Cook Your Christmas Chicken In A Paper Bag



Paper bags can be used in plenty of ways in the kitchen. For example, you can use them to help your fruit to ripen faster. You can even use a paper bag to make a delicious dinner if you know what to do, and making paper bag chicken is one of our favourite ways to repurpose these eco-friendly bags.

A nice roast chicken dinner isn’t something that many of us would turn away from, and using a simple brown paper bag can make each mouthful more mouth-watering than ever. Roasting a chicken in a paper bag is an excellent cooking hack since the material lets just enough steam escape for the skin to get brown and crispy but still traps enough to make the meat moist and tender.

Of course, you need to make sure you use a bag that doesn’t have any printing on it, and make sure that the bag doesn’t touch the top of the oven. Just follow these simple instructions to get everything else done in style.

First thing’s first: turn on your oven and preheat it to 400 degrees. Next, rinse your chicken off and then remove as much excess fat as you can. It’s now time to add some seasoning; sprinkle the chicken generously with some salt and pepper, then rub the skin with some paprika and use rosemary and onion for inside the cavity.

You’re now ready to use your brown paper bag. A standard size bag should be big enough; just slip the chicken inside, then use some kitchen twine in order to tightly seal it closed. Take your bagged chicken and place it on a baking sheet, then put it on one of your oven’s lower shelves. Sit back and relax for the next hour and a half while your chicken roasts.

Once your 90 minutes is up and the kitchen is full of the delicious smell of roasted chicken, remove it from the oven and then open the bag slowly to release the steam still held inside. All you need to do now is let it stand for 10 minutes or so before digging in.

What to Ask When Considering Heated Floors




You’ve decided to get new flooring installed. Congratulations! The next thing you’ve started to look into is in floor heating, also called radiant heat used to warm the floor surface. What is it? How does it work? What are the best flooring materials to use with it? These and many other questions will be answered below so that you can make an educated decision and in turn, have the best flooring experience.




Why Use Radiant Heat?

Radiant heat actually has quite a few benefits, but the main one is that it allows you to keep your floors warm. It also plays up against the fact that heat always rises. When the heat rises, it doesn’t really benefit you, but in this case, it keeps the heat from doing that and instead slows the dispersal rate down.

The heat, over time, will still rise, but not at such a high speed as it normally would. Also, since you will be essentially warming your feet up, you won’t need to heat the entire house up.

Why Isn’t Everyone Using It?

While the radiant heat itself isn’t really expensive, it’s the installation that can be. Sometimes you can expect to pay anywhere between $4 to $6 extra per square foot – this doesn’t include any other costs like materials for the floor itself and installation. Definitely, something to consider. Also, when it comes to materials, radiant heat works less with something like carpet because carpet is already an efficient insulator. Therefore, if you have carpet, you really are just wasting money installing something that doesn’t really need to be installed. In a lot of cases, things like hardwood, ceramic, porcelain and stone would be a better fit, you can get great selections of these flooring at Also there are plenty of confusing facts and myths about radiant heating that might affect your decision of installing them in the first place. Therefore, you might want to do your research beforehand.

The 3 Types Of Radiant Heat

When choosing to use radiant heat, you will then have to look into the 3 types. They include; forced air, hydronic-based and electrical. All 3 have their own benefits, disadvantages, and uses of course.

For forced air, this is a type that is very rarely used in homes. Instead, it’s better suited for commercial properties. The hydronic-based system is the more efficient option of the last 2, and it uses hot water for heat, carrying it throughout the house using tubing. This is also the more popular option. Electrical systems tend to be less efficient than the hydronic option, but this will really be dependent on where you live and how much you pay for electricity.

The 2 Types Of Installations

There are 2 main types of installations, they include wet and dry. Wet installations are going to be done when the house is first being built or when the flooring has an added layer of concrete and then the radiant heat is added hence the wet – wet concrete. Dry, on the other hand, is layered either above or below the sub-floor of your space. Dry is the newer type of technology and tends to be the most popular for this reason alone. Dry is also popular because they are perfect for homes that have already been built, you won’t need additional concrete to be laid.

Do you Have To Do The Entire Floor?

The short answer: No. In fact, most people who install these do not actually do the entire floor in radiant heating. Now if you have a smaller space like a small bathroom, by all means, do it, or if money’s no object, great, do the entire floor. But, most people just add the radiant heating to “parts” of the floor because of the shortage of budget. For instance, some popular spots include; in front of the shower, in front of the vanity, around the toilet, by the sink in the kitchen, at the main counter in the kitchen, etc.

This way you aren’t placing radiant heating where you won’t be using it. Just in the places where you do need it and will use it. Obviously, this is entirely up to you, but it will cost less to do a partial mat rather than a whole room mat.

Are Dogs Good for Kids?



Kids have boundless energy. Sometimes it seems that the more they do the more energetic they get. It is great to see your children running around and enjoying themselves, but keeping up with them is exhausting. It is always a relief when someone else takes them out and runs around the park with them.

Studies show that pets are goods for kids

Getting a dog helps a lot. Young dogs love to play, and providing you choose the right type can match your kid’s energy levels.

Most of us realise this, but did you know that a dog could help your children in many other ways, as well? Well they can, recent research has shown that kids that are bought up in homes with a dog grow into more confident, well-adjusted adults.

Living with a dog means that your children have to learn important social skills at an early age. They need to accommodate the dog and his or her needs. For example, leaving your pet alone when they are asleep teaches a young child that they have to respect boundaries, and be mindful of how animals and others are feeling.

Studies also show that children who have pets are more confident, and suffer from fewer emotional issues. If a child is having problems at school coming home to a dog that bounds into their arms, and wants to spend time with them provides much needed relief. It gives them a much-needed chance to smile, and forget the problems of the day.

It may seem strange, but many kids talk to their pets about their problems. The fact that the dog, cat or hamster does not ask a stream of questions, or judge them, means that the child can be 100% honest about how they are feeling. Being able to talk freely to someone about a problem is a great relief, and has been shown to help children to work through difficult issues.

If you would like to learn more about the different ways dogs could help kids to manage psychological problems, you can do so by reading this page.

Getting a puppy

If, after reading this, you do think getting a puppy is a good idea you need to be careful about where you buy it. It is especially important to buy your puppy from a proper breeder. You need to find one that is registered, and keeps their dogs in the right conditions. If you do not do so, there is a strong chance that you will discover that your new puppy has health or behavioural problems once you get him or her home, by which point it is too late to do anything about it.

Therefore, if you see a puppies for sale in Glasgow sign my advice is that you pause for a moment, and check that breeders credentials before buying from them. Doing that is the best way to make sure that you end up with the right puppy for you and your kids.

How to Make a Funky Pendant Lampshade from a Paper Bag




A paper bag pendant lightshade might only sound like something you’d put together in a pinch if there’s nothing else around. However, use the right tricks and you can create a cool and funky light that really catches people’s attention. All you need is two large paper bags, some string or yarn, and some glue or double sided tape.

Start by taking a long paper carrier bag without handles. Fold it half lengthwise, then fold each of those half pieces in half. Continue doing so until the whole length has been divided into 16 parts that accordion outwards. Next up, make folds along the first row of your diagonal folds. Start at the centre of each one, then fold down in a long triangular shape to each side.

Now you’ve finished with the first bag, it’s time to start making use of your second one. Cut this bag to half the length of the first one, and then start folding again until you have 8 accordion-style folds. You can now join the two pieces together using either double sided tape or some strong glue. Find the ends that match, then stick them together.

You should now have a globular shade, but you still need to poke some holes through the top. After doing so, threat in some string or yarn so you can open and close the top at will. You can now hang the shade.

If you want to take things a little further, you can simply connect a bulb to a length of wire and then wrap that wire in twine to make sure it looks the part. No matter what you do, you need to take one important thing into account: the type of bulb you use. It’s best to pick ones that aren’t going to generate too much heat, such as LED bulbs. Incandescent bulbs should never be used near paper, so make sure you give these ones a miss.

For the best look, try positioning your lamp with paper bag pendant shade in a place where it will be used more for accent lighting than for illuminating an entire room.

A Guide to Growing your Own Vegetables



There are few things in life more rewarding than growing your own vegetables. Watching them grow and tending to them is a fantastic project, but the real treat is using them in a meal. Being self-sustainable and eating your own vegetables is something that everybody should try, as they taste much better knowing that they are the product of your hard work. In addition to this, growing your own vegetables is a fantastic way of reducing your grocery bill each week.

If you are considering growing your own vegetables for the upcoming season, this is what you need to know.

What to Grow

There are all kinds of different vegetables that you could grow, but if you are just starting out then you should opt for the easiest to grow. This includes salad greens, tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, radishes, green beans and zucchini. If you are looking for more of a challenge and want to grow something a little more interesting and alternative, try your hand at corn on the cob, watermelons, pumpkins and chillies.

Choosing the Right Ground

Where you grow your vegetables will have an enormous impact on the success of the project. By picking the sunniest spot in your garden, it will help you to grow full and disease resistant vegetables and improve the flavour. For vegetables that need shade, you can achieve this with the use of netting or a wattle fence.

What you Need

In order for your vegetables to grow, you will need a few tools and pieces of equipment. It is recommended that you set up a fence to keep out any animals, whilst a polytunnel is an excellent way to protect plants from the wind and cold. For the highest quality, you should shop at specialist such as Premier Polytunnels. In addition to this, you will also need a watering can, a trowel, a stirrup hoe and a garden rake.

Caring for your Vegetables

How you care for your vegetables will depend on what you are growing, with there being plenty of insightful guides online to help you with this. Regardless of what you are growing, you will need to have patience, determination and set aside time each day to tend to the plot of land whether this is getting rid of weeds, cleaning the area or watering the plants.

Once the vegetables begin to grow it will soon become a fun and enjoyable task, but the real reward comes at the end when you can add vegetables that you have grown yourself to a meal.

Tips for Boosting Your Garden Security



Regardless of where you live, it is always important to take steps to protect your property from outside threats. This is particularly true if you have a large garden, which is why this should be the first line of defence. All homeowners should have a well-fitted and high-quality garden gate, as this will massively improve the safety of both your home and garden.

Keeping Intruders Out

In addition to keeping intruders away from your property, a high-quality garden gate can also keep animals out. This is particularly valuable if you are growing your own vegetables, as this can be a huge problem for many gardeners. With the knowledge that your garden is fully protected from outsiders, it will also give you complete peace of mind. This is especially important when you are away from the house and in the evenings.

Types of Gate

There are many different types of gate to consider, with many even being well designed so that they improve the look and feel of your backyard. Swing gates are the most popular choice, but you could also consider a sliding gate which can look fantastic and also boost the security.

Perhaps most important is the lock or bolt, as this is what will stop intruders. There are many different options, including a touch pad, ornamental lock, dropbolt, magnetic lock, hook gate locks and latch locks. Security spikes are also worthwhile to stop intruders from climbing over the top (you must have a sign to warn people if you have these). For all of this gate hardware, you should visit hardware component stores like Barrier Components.

The Perimeter

These are the key factors to consider when choosing a garden gate. Ideally, the gate should stand around1.2 metres (4 foot) and you will also need a 1.8 metre (6 foot) wall or fence at the back of your house to keep out intruders. You could also consider growing prickly plants or a hedge around the perimeter.

Other Factors

This should ensure that your garden is safe and secure from outside threat. However, you should also never leave items lying around in the garden, including barbeques, furniture, tools and lawnmowers. These should be kept in a locked shed or alternatively covered up. Finally, you can deter burglars by installing lights near windows that are triggered by movement.

Keeping your garden safe and secure will also protect your home. The best way to achieve this is through installing a well-fitted and high-quality gate, whilst these other steps will also ensure that no outsiders will gain access to your backyard.